Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Homemade Pretzels

Thanks to my friend, Missy, these soft pretzels are my children's favourite after-school snack. And a fun activity to make together too! I usually mix the dough just before picking up my eldest from school (the dough needs 30 minutes to rise) and then we all roll, dip, bake, sprinkle and devour together.

Missy passed along the recipe from this site (where all the credit goes for this delicious, fun snack).

(p.s. As you can see, we went for a very heavy sugar and cinnamon topping.... delicious.)

Directions below (copied from the source, above):

Makes 6-8 pretzels

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
7/8 to 1 cup warm water*
3 Tablespoons butter, melted

1/2 cup warm water
2 Tablespoons baking powder
2 Tablespoons melted butter
coarse salt or cinnamon & sugar


Place all of the dough ingredients into a bowl and beat until well combined. Knead the dough, by hand or machine, for about 5 minutes, until it is soft, smooth, and quite slack. Lightly flour the dough and place it in a plastic bag; close the bag, leaving room for the dough to expand, and let it rest for 30 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 500°F (220C worked for us). Prepare two baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased work surface, and divide it into eight equal pieces. Allow the pieces to rest, uncovered, for 5 minutes. While the dough is resting, combine the 1/2 cup warm water and the baking soda, and place it in a shallow bowl or pie plate. Make sure the baking soda is thoroughly dissolved; if it isn't, it will make your pretzels splotchy.

Roll each piece of dough into a long, thin rope (about 28 to 30 inches long), and twist each rope into a pretzel. Dip each pretzel in the baking soda wash (this will give the pretzels a nice, golden-brown color), and place them on the baking sheets. Allow them to rest, uncovered, for 10 minutes.

Bake the pretzels for 8 to 9 minutes, or until they're golden brown (only took 7 minutes in my oven). I only bake one baking sheet at a time and let the other rest while the first is in the oven.

Remove the pretzels from the oven, and brush them thoroughly with the melted butter. Then sprinkle on the kosher salt or cinnamon & sugar! And Enjoy!
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